Woh Lamhe...

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Woh Lamhe... (English: Those Moments) is a 2006 Indian romantic drama film directed by Mohit Suri, starring Shiney Ahuja and Kangana Ranaut. The film is supposedly based on Parveen Babi's life, her battle with schizophrenia and her relationship with Mahesh Bhatt to whom she was a lover as well as a mentor in his struggling days.

Woh Lamhe...
Directed byMohit Suri
Written byMahesh Bhatt (Story)
Produced byMahesh Bhatt
Mukesh Bhatt
StarringShiney Ahuja
Kangana Ranaut
CinematographyBobby Singh
Music bySongs:
Roop Kumar Rathod
Jawad Ahmed
Peter Pan
Glenn John
Background Score:
Raju Singh
Release date
  • 29 September 2006 (2006-09-29)
Box office14.98 crores [1]

Bhatt said that it is his tribute to the actress and time he spent with her, hence the name Woh Lamhe... ("Those Moments"). Parveen Babi's character is played by Kangana Ranaut who is named Sana Azim in the film to avoid direct reference to the actress. Woh Lamhe... was critically acclaimed for its screenplay, direction, and a noteworthy performance by Kangana. Ranaut’s performance in the film is considered to be one of her best.[2] For her performance Ranaut won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut at the 52nd Filmfare Awards.[3]

Despite the film getting a lot of praise it could not recover its budget in the box office and was a massive flop, recovering most of its cost from DVD and satellite television revenue.


The film begins with a woman in a hotel room. She goes to the bathroom and slits her wrists in an attempt to kill herself. That woman is later revealed to be Sana Azim (Kangana Ranaut), a famous Bollywood actress. When this news reaches film-maker Aditya Pankaj Garewal (Shiney Ahuja), he is devastated. Aditya has been searching for Sana, who was intensely involved with him and who had mysteriously disappeared from his life without any explanation three years ago, only to surface now in what could be the last moments of her life.

As Aditya waits outside of the ICU alongside Sam (Purab Kohli), praying to be reunited with her, he has a flashback of moments spent with her three years ago.

Sana had achieved stardom while Aditya was a struggling film director. He spots Sana at a fashion show where he rebukes her for being ugly inside-out. He insults her to a point where she throws her underwear on him, thus garnering media attention. Nikhil (Shaad Randhawa), her abusive boyfriend, scolds her and rapes her. Sana's mother also scolds her for this act.

Sana agrees at first to work with Aditya for his film but later she declines as she is bound by a contract. However, she breaks free from Nikhil's misery and agrees to work with Aditya.

Aditya starts shooting his film. During the shoot, both become close to each other. During the last day of the shoot, Sana tearfully says that she will miss him and those memories spent during the shoot. Aditya compares those memories to the sand castles on the beach by saying that those sand castles remain in our memories forever even though they are knocked down by the waves. During the film premiere, both fall in love with each other.

One day Sana spots a girl forcefully entering her hotel room. She tells Aditya that a girl named Rani (Masumeh Makhija) entered the room. However through the CCTV footage there was no girl who entered. It later revealed that Sana is a patient with schizophrenia, who has excessive hallucinations of Rani who doesn't even exist, which gradually ruins both Sana's life and career. When Aditya realizes that, the only way he can save Sana from total devastation, is to take her away from Bollywood and the vested interests, that threaten to destroy her completely he kidnaps her from the hospital thus putting his career on the line.

Aditya tries his best to bring Sana back on track but in vain. She stops taking her medicines. During her birthday party, she faces her hallucinations once again and stabs Aditya.

Until one day, suddenly, she disappears, leaving him with unanswered questions. Aditya is shocked. Meanwhile, Nikhil and the police reach the place and takes Aditya. Nikhil asks him in anger about Sana's whereabouts to which Aditya repeatedly says that he doesn't know.

Back in the present, Aditya is told that Sana has very less time and wants to meet him. They both profess their love for each other and she dies. Nikhil asks him what he will do next to which Aditya replies that he doesn't know.

The film ends with Aditya reminiscing the thoughts about her on a beach. He spots some children making a sand castle and remembers his metaphor. He goes and makes castles with them.


Critical receptionEdit

The movie was highly praised for its direction, screenplay and noteworthy performance by Kangana Ranaut. The movie gained a positive reviews from the critics. Film critic Subhash K. Jha wrote that Ranaut "is the first female performer of Bollywood since Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi, who isn't scared to strip her soul naked for the camera" adding that she is a "hugely expressive actress with a phenomenal ability to convey torment, hurt and incredulity through the eyes". Other cast's performances were also highly appreciated. Film Critic Taran Ardash also praised the lead performances stating “WOH LAMHE rests on two power-packed performances: Kangana and Shiney. Kangana gets the role of a lifetime in her second film itself and the actor sinks her teeth into it and delivers an astounding performance. If you've ever interacted with Parveen Babi, even briefly, you'd see a replica of the glamorous star in Kangana. Her styling is also excellent. If you think there's not much space for any other actor since WOH LAMHE is primarily a Kangana film, watch Shiny's performance here. Yes, he impressed us in H.K.A. and GANGSTER, but this one's the most difficult part he's got so far and his performance only accentuates the proceedings.” Concluding his review by stating “On the whole, WOH LAMHE is a well-made emotional film that lingers in your memory even after it's over. There are many lamhe in WOH LAMHE that you carry in your heart and that's why the film works for the moviegoer.”[4] Noted film Critic Anupama Chopra also praised the performances of Ranaut and Ahuja stating “Woh Lamhe still holds interest because it has a taut script and fine performances. Ahuja playing a director, who first uses the star to be successful and then against his better judgement falls in love with her and tries to save her from herself, is superbly restrained. His eyes convey the doom built into this relationship. Ranaut cannot match the searing desperation of Smita Patil in Arth but her performance has attitude. She is not afraid to be ugly or emotionally naked. Suri uses both ably to retell a familiar story persuasively.”[5] Film Critic Rajeev Masand in a positive review states “As the woman at the heart of this story, Kangana Ranaut is remarkable; in Woh Lamhe she is in fine form, as she attacks a complex role with all the right moves. But the star of the show, the film’s biggest strength is undoubtedly Shiney Ahuja who makes his presence felt in every single scene that he’s in. Shiney has a camera comfort that is rare to find, and his performance is delectable to say the least. These actors pump life into their roles and together with Pritam’s soothing score they make Woh Lamhe an experience that’s hard to forget.”[6] Rediff movies state “If there is one reason you need to watch Woh Lamhe, it is Kangana Ranaut. She is a brilliant, outstanding actress.”[7]


Filmfare Awards[8][9]
  • Best Debut – Kangana Ranaut
10th Zee Cine Awards
  • Best Debut – Kangana Ranaut


The film score was composed by Raju Singh. The songs were composed by multiple composers including Jawad Ahmed, Pritam, Roop Kumar Rathod. Lyrics were penned by Sayeed Quadri. The songs were badly plagiarized by Pritam by copying the tunes (Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai lifted from Tak Bisakah by Noah, Tu Jo Nahin from a ghazal by Pakistani singer S. B. John); however, later the credits were given to the original artists and some of the tunes were recreated in musical arrangements. Singers like James, KK, Shreya Ghoshal, Jawad Ahmed, Kunal Ganjawala, and Glenn John lent their voices for the album. Songs like 'Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai' and "Bin Tere" were popular among the masses while other songs also managed to get a good response. Planet Bollywood gave a rating of 8/10 to the soundtrack.

Track No Song Singer Composer
1 "Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai" KK Pritam & Noah (original)
2 "Chal Chale Apne Ghar" James Pritam
3 "Tu Jo Nahin" I Glenn John Pritam
4 "So Jaoon Main" (Female) Shreya Ghoshal Roop Kumar Rathod
5 "Tu Jo Nahin" II Glenn John Pritam
6 "So Jaoon Main" (Male) Kunal Ganjawala Roop Kumar Rathod
7 "Bin Tere Kya Hai Jeena" Jawad Ahmed Jawad Ahmed (tune recreated by Pritam)
8 "Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai" (Remix) KK Pritam & Noah (original)


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  2. ^ "7 Films That Made Kangana Ranaut the Star That She Is". www.news18.com. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Complete list of winners of Filmfare Awards 2007". The Times of India. 27 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Woh Lamhe Review by Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ October 16, Anupama Chopra; October 16, 2006 ISSUE DATE; January 31, 2006UPDATED; Ist, 2012 13:27. "Movie review: Woh Lamhe starring Shiney Ahuja, Kangana Ranaut". India Today. Retrieved 25 June 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Masand's verdict: Woh Lamhe | Rajeev Masand – movies that matter : from bollywood, hollywood and everywhere else". www.rajeevmasand.com. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Watch Woh Lamhe for Kangana". Rediff. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Complete list of winners of Filmfare Awards 2007". The Times of India. 27 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  9. ^ "All Filmfare Awards Winners From 1953 to 2020". Filmfare. 27 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.

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